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17 November 2022 - 2:46 pm
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Stitches are out and Chisum is doing well! Good reports from the vet on his recovery, and said he could give her other GSD patients lessons because he was such a good boy 🙂🥹 warmed the heart of his momma for sure! 

we go to the oncologist tomorrow, asked our vet today if she read the results before sending them over. There wasn’t a for sure diagnosis, just lots of abnormal cells in the biopsy. Praying for good results tomorrow! 


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17 November 2022 - 7:11 pm
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Another  milestone accomplished!  Good girly award goes to Chisum!!👏👏👏

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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17 November 2022 - 8:30 pm
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Wheee! You made it! This is the best part, knowing that the worst is behind you. Sooo happy that you are back to doing all the things you love.

We are keeping our paws crossed for good news and a hopeful treatment recommendation from the oncologist tomorrow. Please keep us posted.

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25 December 2022 - 9:22 pm
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Update on the Chiz man! 

It’s been crazy with holidays and appointments so I apologize for the delay! 

Chisum has gone through 2 chemo treatments so far! His first was the week before thanksgiving, and he just had his second round on the 16th of December. We originally planned to do chemo every 3 weeks, we had a CBC run every week and his WBC count dropped in the 3rd week so we did a round of antibiotics and he was good to go week 4. His chemo is called carboplatin.

His biopsy results were not exactly 100% clear. The first review of the biopsy said irregular spindle cells, which had them leaning toward sarcoma. So we went to see the oncologist, they said it was strange and wanted another opinion.. But went ahead with his 1st round of chemo as recommended by his oncologist planning for 4 treatments. We send the biopsy off again... Same result. They said under the testing conditions the cells didn’t act like cancer in the ways they divided, not aggressively multiplying like most cancer, but the spindle cell formations were not normal either. The report said “atypical spindle cell proliferation - favor neoplasia on histopathology”. They recommended 4 treatments of chemo to be on the safe side and kill anything that could have travelled. So we were good with that option!

He has done great with the chemo treatments, no symptoms other than a little weak around the time his WBC count dropped.

The oncologist wanted another chest X-ray before his 3rd treatment, so that is scheduled when he gets his next CBC. I feel like they are keeping on top of everything well!

he’s still figuring life out on 3 legs, I think he sometimes forgets it’s gone, as to be expected. Other than that I think his back leg gets a little tired sometimes still at the end of the day, his little booty drops sometimes when he’s moving around and he has little slips and falls here and there. He is a very successful business man, he’s figured out his stance now for the second order of business💩! His new favorite thing is leaning his booty on my leg for “nub rubs”!

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26 December 2022 - 11:54 am
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It's our favorite businessman Chisum!

Oh handsome you sure are a SUPERSTAR! smiley10 

No need to apologize at all about being busy. I think it's safe to say that most of us were caught up in the holiday frenzy over the last few weeks. I'm breathing a sigh of relief today, how about you?! 

Leave it to him to have an atypical pathology report not once but twice?! He sure is a one-of-a-kind pup! It's awesome that your team came up with a good plan to prevent any more cancer from happening. They do sound great! If Chisum is handling it so well then it was the perfect way to go for him. It's always our hope that all dogs and cats will do so well with chemo.

Yes, most dogs still have ups and downs with stamina and strength, even this far out of recovery. I know about that booty slump that happens after a while, our Wyatt Ray would do that too. So having tired days here and there isn't unusual at all as long as it's not an everyday thing. 

Your attitude sounds terrific too! That really is the best medicine for your handsome guy. You two make a fantastic team!

We will keep our paws crossed for clear x-rays! Keep us posted.

P.S. We need a pic of Mr. Biz!

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